Most of us know the reasons, and yet we manage to ignore them…
Sugar alone–to say nothing of the trans-fat, de-mineralized salt, chemical additives, pesticide/herbicide/fungicide residues, genetically modified contents, and on and on–either causes or is a major contributor to over 140 diseases, listed in Suicide by Sugar: A Startling Look at Our #1 Addiction by Nancy Appleton and G.N. Jacobs.
The degenerative illnesses that are the leading causes of death in the countries of the industrialized West are lifestyle diseases. While many factors contribute, such as sedentary lives with little exercise and high stress levels, foremost is certainly what we choose to eat. There is an old saying that ‘we dig our graves with our forks.’ Updated to our current situation, we can truthfully say that we dig our graves with our junk food, processed food, and fast food.
This page will provide enough compelling information to convince even the most vocal nay-sayer that the fake food our children are eating is not only harming their current health, but also their health–or more accurately, the lack thereof–for the rest of their lives.
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“The documentary Consuming Kids reveals the shrewd practices of the multi-billion dollar marketing machine designed to turn your kids into loyal, lifelong consumers who will also influence how the entire family spends its money.
“Children age two to 11 now see an average of more than 10 television food ads per day. Ninety-eight percent of food advertisements viewed by children are for products that are high in fat, sugar, or sodium. Most are also low in fiber.
“A UN official recently warned that obesity is a bigger global health threat than tobacco use, and that this fact isn’t taken as seriously as it should be. He urges nations to place stricter regulations on unhealthy foods, restrict junk food advertising, and amend agricultural subsidies that make unhealthy processed foods cheaper than healthy foods.”
16th Century—Native Americans are enslaved by Europeans throughout the Caribbean islands, particularly Barbados and Jamaica, and in Central and South America, as labor to harvest sugar cane. When their numbers become depleted by disease and harsh working conditions, African slaves are shipped in to take their place in the fields and processing operations. Millions will die in the sugar cane fields from the brutal labor, lack of medical care, or in attempting to escape imprisonment.
“Poor will power is NOT necessarily what drives you to overeat on junk food. An in-depth investigation into the processed-food industry reveals there’s a conscious effort on behalf of food manufacturers to get you hooked on foods that are convenient and inexpensive to make.
“Sugar, salt and fat are the top three substances making processed foods so addictive. Sugar alone has been shown to be more addictive than cocaine, and food manufacturers use sophisticated taste science to determine the “bliss point” that makes you crave more.”
1807—By the time Britain bans slave trading in this year, at least six million African slaves have been incarcerated on sugar cane plantations.
“Research shows that food industry self-regulation and pledges to reduce food marketing of unhealthy products to kids have failed to protect children. A junk-food diet can set the stage for asthma, eczema, and a variety of allergies, inflammatory conditions, lowered IQ, heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases and more.”
“Nutrients from quality foods are critical in helping your child reach his or her fullest potential. Unfortunately, many kids are not getting the nutrients they need, including in the US where:
- Nearly 40% of children’s diets come from added sugars and unhealthy fats;
- Only 21% of youth age 6-19 eat the recommended five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
“This is a veritable recipe for disease, and is a primary reason why many of today’s kids are arguably less healthy now than most all previous generations. Obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and even liver disease– these are diseases that once appeared only in middle-age and beyond, but are now impacting children.
“Mental health is also at stake. One study from British researchers revealed that kids who ate a predominantly processed food diet at age 3 had lower IQ scores at age 8. For each measured increase in processed foods, participants had a 1.67-point decrease in IQ.
“Along with the potential for lowered IQ, a junk-food diet can also set the stage for asthma, eczema, and a variety of allergies, inflammatory conditions and autoimmune diseases.”
“As long as food companies are allowed to target kids with brightly-colored ads that make eating food that will slowly but surely kill them somehow seem fun and exciting, the childhood obesity epidemic is unlikely to let up any time soon. One in five school-aged kids in the U.S. are already obese, and while many factors can contribute to the problem, we shouldn’t let the pursuit of the almighty dollar be one of them.”
1890—Indentured servants now eclipse slaves as the primary work force worldwide growing and processing sugar. An estimated 450,000 indentured servants, most serving ten years or more in servitude, are moved around the world, most to Fiji, Hawaii, and Australia. Once indentured servitude ends in the early 20th Century, sugar production remains an industry characterized by meager wages and workers living in harsh working conditions and extreme poverty.
Junk Food Diet Puts Children at Higher Risk of Allergies “The foods you shouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole”
Six in 10 food ads on TV push junk food, new study finds This conclusion is based on a study done in Great Britain. It’s a good bet the ratio is the U.S. is closer to 10 out of 10.
Sugar comes in different forms and a variety of names. All of the following sweeteners provide you with calories and all have little or no nutritional value (known as ‘empty calories’).
Barley malt syrup
Cane juiceCane juice crystals
Coconut palm sugar
Confectioner's (powdered) sugar
Corn syrup solids
Dehydrated cane juice
Evaporated cane juice
Free-flowing brown sugars
Fruit juice concentrate
HFCS (High-Fructose Corn Syrup)
Nectars (for example, peach or pear nectar)
White granulated sugar
White granulated sugar
This has cost taxpayers billions. For American taxpayers, the sugar [subsidy] program has led to billions of their hard-earned dollars being wasted propping up the sugar industry. ... In 2013 nearly $300 million was charged to taxpayers by the program...
Sugar Fact #7: "When it comes to foods with the potential to rip holes in your gut lining, sugar is one of the worst offenders. There's not much disagreement in the scientific and medical communities that sugar is a toxin of the highest rank, the sweetest poison of them all and lethal in many ways." Dr. Joshua Axe, Eat Dirt, p. 82
From Dr. David Eifrig’s 12/27/2018 Health and Wealth Bulletin e-letter:
“Diet soda contributes to everything from diabetes to dementia thanks to the inflammation caused by these fake sweeteners.
“But about one in five Americans drinks diet soda every day. That’s despite a plummet in diet soda sales that hit a 30-year low in 2015. Coca-Cola responded by “reformulating” its Coke Zero product… and brought sales back up.
“It’s just a show. Don’t let the ads fool you. Diet soda is still an unhealthy habit. … That’s why, if you or someone you know still indulges in a diet soda habit, I want you to pay attention to two new studies about these dangers…
“First, an Israeli study showed that artificial sugars damage our gut bacteria. The researchers looked at different sweeteners, including…
- Acesulfame potassium-K (Sunett and Sweet One)
- Advantame (added to food in manufacturing)
- Aspartame (NutraSweet and Equal)
- Neotame (added to food in manufacturing)
- Saccharin (Sweet’N Low and Sugar Twin)
- Sucralose (Splenda)
“The researchers discovered that feeding these fake sugars to bacteria found in our guts leads to toxic results. The surprising part was that even low concentrations – much lower than levels previously studied – caused this toxic result. In other words, no amount of artificial sweetener is safe.
“The reason this study is so important is because it demonstrates even a single can of Diet Coke can alter your gut bacteria.
“That’s a problem because these bacteria do more than digest our food. They control our moods, regulate our blood sugar levels, and even control our immune systems. Our gut bacteria also break carbohydrates into short-chain fatty acids. T hese acids regulate hunger and fight inflammation. So protecting our gut bugs helps keep our whole body functioning well.
“The second study comes from Australia and also involves our gut bacteria. Researchers from the University of Adelaide and Adelaide Medical School presented new findings at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes’ annual meeting.
“They basically found a similar result – feeding low-calorie sweeteners to gut bacteria damaged the bugs. However, they took it one step further. Their results tie it directly to diabetes. Although the study was small, it did involve human subjects. The test group consumed an artificial sweetener mix that equaled about 1.5 liters of diet soda a day. That’s about 50 fluid ounces, or two and a half bottles of diet soda a day. They continued for two weeks. Those who consumed the sweetener mix had more “bad,” or opportunistic, bacteria in their guts at the end of the study. They also had fewer healthy bacteria strains in their guts. …
“Both studies add to our growing knowledge that no artificial sweeteners are safe. So always check anything labeled “diet,” “low-calorie,” or “zero-calorie,” and look for these sweeteners. Avoid them as much as you can.”
What Happens When Big Sugar Takes on the World Health Organization (W.H.O.)
“When researchers systematically reviewed 12 studies involving children and adolescents, an association was revealed between unhealthy diet and poorer mental health, as well as between a good-quality diet and better mental health.
“The consumption of junk food has also been associated with psychiatric distress and violent behaviors in children and adolescents, which includes worry, depression, confusion, insomnia, anxiety, aggression and worthless feelings, as well as physical fighting, being a victim and bullying.”